Peter Pan Syndrome was coined by Dan Kiley, a pop psychology author, in his book Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up, in regards to “men who have never grown up.” But, I think there’s a little Peter Pan in all of us.
It seems like later generations, known as Generation X and Generation Y, have a hard time dealing with adulthood. Most of us are trying to be adults while also keeping our inner children as close to the surface as we can get. If you don’t know what I mean, watch just about any popular television show; they’re filled with characters who live and work in the adult field, but act like a bunch of rowdy kids.

We have it within ourselves to act grown up and face our own problems, and most of us try to do it with grace. But face it, some days, it would be easier to say “not today,” and just be a big kid. Run outside and play! Stay in and watch TV all day! Build a fort with your friends! (Well, maybe not that one…)

But there are ways to be a grownup and still enjoy the pleasures of childhood. You could:
• Eat ice cream cones for dessert
• Watch cartoons with your kids or before you go to bed
• Read books that are written for kids (who hasn’t done that these days?)
• Watch TV shows aimed at teens
• Get together with friends and go bowling, to a sporting event, or a non-fancy restaurant and just have a good time

There are a lot of ways you can hold on to your inner child and still function in a world of grownups. So don’t worry if you think you have Peter Pan Syndrome. Trust me; we ALL have it!

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer/author with a BA in Mass Communications-Journalism from the University of S. Florida. She has two published books:

The Chosen
Halli is a shy, young dwarf who has no idea of her true calling. When the evil Prince Gastle sets out to detroy the world of Phantasma, Queen Laurali of the Elves comes to tell Halli she’s a Holy Paladin with the power to heal, and will join The Chosen, a group of brave warriors being sent to defeat the evil beast and save Phantasma. Will Halli be accepted by her group, and be able to keep them alive through their adventures? Will the evil Prince Gastle be defeated, freeing Phantasma from his destruction? Only time will tell.

My Open Heart
Growing up with heart disease can be difficult, but it does not always have to alter your life course. MY OPEN HEART is written for young adults growing up with heart disease. It’s meant to inspire them to chase their dreams, to show that they are not alone, and, perhaps, to help guide them through the maze of life with heart disease. Parents of children with heart disease and other chronic illnesses will find support and inspiration within this true story. We are not alone.

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